Tuesday, April 29, 2008
It is a Golding and Co. Boston letterpress, comes with chases, several trays of type, Baltimore Letterpress Book and loads more.
Anybody know what this piece is? I've been trying to figure it out.
Anyway, if ya'll could spread the word for me that would be great. Here is the link to it.
Crazy kitsch shoes
Ponytail or neckties
These are actually mittens not boxing gloves. I still love them either way.
And I always wear my big shades when I box. I hit better that way.
She had to be left at the vet so they could get a pee sample for an ongoing urinary problem. This was fine right? Right- except Misty is the greatest escape artist of all time.
They let her into the enclosed double fenced in- with a top fence area to play with the other dogs. Misty gets along very well with other dogs and is so cute- why not right?
Right. Except when we got the call that Misty is fine, but they found her in their parking lot covered, absolutely covered in mud. Apparently, she knows how to open locks. Not just one kind of lock, but two.
So she went for a romp through the woods and the mud. Then she came back. The vet had to give her a big bath because she was a complete mess.
They put a red tag on her file so know they know each time we drop her off - how smart she is about getting out.
This is some fabric that I found at an amazing rummage last year. I would never cut this. It is just too amazing. Maybe stretch it over a canvas.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I have to open up the sides a bit more because the opening is pretty tight right now.
You'd all be proud. I hand stitched the part around the handles with embroidery floss. I hardly ever hand stitch so I felt like I deserved a little extra dessert last night.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The stories of the women who made the quilts are just tremendous. So intriguing.
It has inspired me so much to forgetting about rules- cotton this cotton that, square this square that, and anything heavily quilted or pieced.
Also, found on the same stream.
These were at a window in Chinatown. An acupuncturist's window.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Picked up a few wonderful reads at the library.
Turns out our local library has a great quilting and sewing section. The Gee Bend's book is so inspiring to me right now. I have viewed the quilts from there online before, but the book is so much more comphrensive.
I am currently adoring the denim quilts from the book. It is funny that one of the first things that got me interested in quilting (quilting denim) is suddenly new to me again.
I also tried some stencil printing on fabric that I read about in the new Lotta J. book. I cut a stencil from acetate. I would not recommend this particular stencil method to anyone though. I loved stenciling and I loved the pattern- but next time I will cut it from freezer paper or something. The acetate was too flimsy.
Yes, I am very messy.
But, I am super happy with the results. I used fabric paint and heat set it with an iron. I just have to test wash it to make sure it stays.
I also love the texture that the brush leaves behind.
I plan to try a lot more of printing on fabrics.
Oh yes, and the church rummages? Divine I tell you. I'll show goodies soon.
I have been thinking a lot about luck lately. See I was amazingly lucky enough to win this from Orange You Lucky’s blog among other things lately. (and holy man do I love it)
My mom has always been a lucky person. She constantly was getting calls that she won the gift basket, the pack of tickets, a year’s supply of animal cookies. She would buy a purse or a jacket at the flea market and find $5 in it. It was really endless her winnings.
A sweet aunt of mine, was the type of person who would find money everywhere. A walk around the city with her would easily produce a few dollars in change- and we weren’t even looking for it!
So did I get the lucky gene? I have always thought that it must have passed me by. I mean I have had my fair share of awful circumstances to hideous to even list to you here.
But last year I looked up luck on google and I kept coming across descriptions such as this:
"One way is to be open to new experiences. Unlucky people are stuck in routines. When they see something new, they want no part of it. Lucky people always want something new. They're prepared to take risks and relaxed enough to see the opportunities in the first place." (this site is the reference, Flip Top Head?)
Was I stuck in a routine? Awful! But then I thought more about it and yes, I was stuck in a routine. I got up, got ready, went to work, then the gym maybe or the grocery store and then back home. And nothing lucky ever happened to me.
I think luck is two fold- part kharma, part your own making. If I don’t make an opportunity for kharma to give a little luck to me then it doesn’t happen. I am not going to suddenly get a call saying I won a million bucks or that I win a seasons worth of tickets to the Red Sox. (unless I believe all those junk emails I get)
Makes sense that my mom is constantly signing up for raffles, and giveaways. She never once passed by a Boy Scout selling raffle tickets without buying one.
So lately, I have been signing up for every darn thing that comes my way. And you know what? It is working.
So what about you? Are you lucky or not lucky? Got any great lucky stories to share? I’d love to hear.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Things I want, love or need to try:
- Love these shoes.
- Need to try the Macro Box thanks Chickpea and Orange Flower
- Could this top by Angry Chicken be any cuter?
- These are amazing little embroideries from Cornflower Blue's blog. She was inspired by early 1900's anatomy illustrations. Does it get more creative then that? I think not.
- Little sad I didn't win Bec's amazing bag. But this cute reversible one is so making me think about splurging.
The list could go on and on, but I will keep it short for today.
Next, this weekend list. I'm trying to keep it simple.
- mountain bike (yes! the trails are pretty dry for such a wet winter)
- Church rummages
- Try to print on some fabric (from the new Lotta book)
- Start an Alabama Stitch skirt
- Photograph more little animals for Nellie (lions and tigers)
Here are a few things that I rip from magazines and catalogs.
This is an ad from the Horny Toad catalog. Can someone please tell me where I can ride in a water car like that because I so want to. Horny Toad is my summer clothes, heck even winter clothes, staple. Their shorts and skirts fit perfectly and are so cute.
I also love this ad too. The words say: Dogs Need Weekends Too.
I think I also like it because the dog looks just like Misty. Have you seen Small Stump's dogs? They are so cute- just like Misty but in two different sizes. I know you have seen her etsy shop, because it rocks.
Man, that dog just oozes happiness.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Back to sewing and finds from San Fran. Fat Orange Cat also included these amazing bias trims in my little stash.
They just bring me back! I feel like I am ten when I see these patterns. I am planning an apron and maybe small doll quilt to showcase these great patterns.
These may be old news to some folks, but I am so inspired by these books from Lotta.
Picked 'em up in Japantown in San Fran. Dang I love that place.
I love the photography and the projects.
and my fingers.
This book has me all excited to start printing on fabric. What a better way to use what you have? I have the paints and this weekend I hope to have the time.
I also bought these fabrics while there.